Prostitution, no job like any other
(Translation of: Prostitution, kein Beruf wie jeder andere)
http://netzwerkb.org/2013/09/02/prostitution-kein-beruf-wie-jeder-andere/(netzwerkB is an independent support group for people affected by sexualized violence. Thoseaffected by the violence promote the rights of others in the same situation
by ending publicsilence.)
netzwerkB supports the abolition of the current law on prostitution and the introduction
of the “abolitionist principle”.
The commercial “acquisition” of a body is an expression of violence and power and thus it
should be despised.
In Germany prostitution is dealt with according to the “regulation principle”. Thi
s can be found in
the law on prostitution, the “law on regulating the legal situation of the prostitutes” –
ProstG inshort. The law came into effect on 1 Jan 2002.
Regulation principle” vs. “abolitionist principle”
We have one of the most liberal laws on prostitution worldwide, and it follows the so-called
“regulation principle”. It accepts prostitution and places it under the control of the state.“Ddecriminalization” means that we are now dealing with “sex work” that counts as common
employment or paid
work, ever since this law became effective. Contrary to that, the “abolitionistprinciple” aims on the one hand at not criminalizing prostitutes while on the other hand
punishing all acts that are part of prostitution such as pimping or the running of brothels. Inaddition it would also be possible
as has been successfully implemented in Sweden since1999
to criminalize the johns. A result of this approach has been that prostitution andtrafficking have declined significantly. In Sweden children learn very early, in primary school,that it is wrong to buy sex with women.
There are various mechanisms that push people into the “mill” of prostitution
A number of factors, such as e.g. the hope to free oneself from often dreary prospects in life,play a large role.Poverty, the experience of exploitation, the experience of sexualized and other forms of violencein their first families are among the conditions which the girls and women, but also the boys andmen, hope to be able to leave behind.Often there are false promises like that of being permitted to work as waitresses or dancers
which lure especially women from Eastern Europe into Germany, a country they don‟t know and
in which they become prostitutes.They then find themselves in the vicious circle of power and powerlessness that are also part of prostitution, a vicious circle that can be found in violence of all kinds and which they had actuallyhoped to leave.
Known patterns of survival with protitutes
People who have gone through sexualized violence, just as the victims of other forms of violence during childhood, often develop internal strategies in order to deal with the violencethey experience in order to survive.